Allis Markham

Allis Markham

Science, Style & Substance. 

Allis Markham is an award-winning taxidermist / Nassologist based in Los Angeles, California. She was named 'Third in the World' at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships for her African Jacana. Allis is also the 2018 California Champion receiving Judges Choice Best of Show, People's Choice and the Artisan Award from the United Taxidermist Association. She was a seminar instructor on '3D technology in Taxidermy' a the 2019 World Taxidermy Competition

More recently, Allis has focused on museum work and public education. She is proud to have been an adjunct professor during the 2019 semester at Occidental College teaching taxidermy on behalf of the Biology Department. It is the only taxidermy college course in the country in recent years. 

Her clients include institutions such as the Natural History Museum of Santa BarbaraMoore Lab of ZoologyThe Huntington Library, The Frost Museum of ScienceColorado State University and The GettyAdditionally, she has created commissions for GucciThe Nomad Hotel EB Florals and television shows such as Bates Motel

Allis has also been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the cover of LA Weekly and more. You can also watch the critically acclaimed documentary STUFFED which followed her for several years or listen to her Ologies podcast. 

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Born in the small town of Madison, Indiana, Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art -- happily with a lack of parental supervision that made exploring both possible. Her first career as the Director of Social Media Strategy for the Walt Disney Company however, was a far cry from her naturalist roots...

 In 2009, Allis attended the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she began volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. There she met her mentor, museum taxidermist Tim Bovard. Under his tutelage, Allis earned a staff position in taxidermy leaving her computer behind for good and picking up a scalpel. 

After completing the 'Nature Lab' and 'Becoming LA' exhibits at NHMLA, Allis decided to open up Prey Taxidermy here in Los Angeles. She not only gets to continue working with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on a volunteer basis, but works on projects for many museums & nature centers across the country. This has enabled her to work along side biologists, exhibit designers and curators around the world.

Allis continues to strive for excellence in her work and never stops learning. She has since had the honor of studying with many World Champion wildlife artists, including Tony FinazzoDanny Owens, and Ken Walker

 You can follow Allis' work on Instagram at @allis